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2014-06-25 08:08:28 PM  
One ranch we lived on was 20 sections, the kids had the run of it, result: slender, healthy, strong and muscular kids.
Another ranch was 250 Sections, kids had the run of it also, result: slender, healthy, strong and muscular kids.

I can cook and bake with the best of them too, and I did! That type of work makes you hungry and when you work as hard as we did you want filling, really 'stick to your ribs' food. In those communities there weren't very many overweight kids or teens and those few that were, well they were simply lazy and stuffed their face all the time. Adults are a separate matter, I've seen some rather grith-y cowhands that never stop being active and they never got smaller and seen some rather sedentary folks that were rail thin...

But kids need sunlight and fresh air and wide open spaces where they can run and jump and climb and swim and ride bikes and motorcycles and horses and blow up ant beds with gunpowder! You keep your kids indoors most of the time and hand them electronics to keep them quiet and still and out of your hair you need a swift kick in the arse! Not to mention they are probably going to weigh more and be much less fit and strong.

Is there a National shortage of common sense in this country?

Oh wait, of course there is.
 
2014-06-25 08:09:33 PM  
Our son was pretty chubby all his childhood. We moved when he was 10. Before then, he would hang out with his buddy and they'd ransack the neighborhood with their hijinks. After the move, there were no kids to play with in the neighborhood, but he goofed off with his pals from school. We struggled to get him to eat decent stuff, but he'd always find some mac & cheese.

Took him until he was about 19 to say "screw this, I don't wanna be fat". He stopped drinking diet soda, started eating less processed foods, and a couple years later started hitting the gym. He's chiseled now.

Totally correlation and not causation. Until someone does a study of mommy-coddled kids that are inactive vs independent kids that are inactive, you can't establish this as a true cause. But it makes a good headline.

(also, my brother and me were free to run wild outside until it got dark. Pre-computers & video games. We were both chubs.)
 
2014-06-25 08:11:27 PM  
A lot of Farkers seem to have missed the part where parents have been arrested, charged with child neglect  or had their kids brought home by the cops for the terrible crimes of:

 -  Letting kids play in the yard alone
 -  Letting kids walk to the store alone
 -  Letting a kids walk a mile to a sports practice
 -  And worst of all: Walking with a child while male. Especially if the child is female

Farkers who think parents just aren't letting their kids outside need to spend some time reading Free Range Kids and some of the stories who have been cited for negligence for letting their kids out of their sight. Or had their child escorted home by the cops merely because they were walking alone.

If parents are paranoid, it's for good reason.
 
2014-06-25 08:14:41 PM  
The real solution to all the problems with the horrible children infecting America?
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It's not just about helicopter bubble wrapping so called parents.
 
2014-06-25 08:20:08 PM  

big pig peaches: addy2: freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

Of course all the Fark nutrition experts and armchair psychologists will say this is of course true and point to their skinny kids as proof. Any way to pat your sad self on the back and look down on those other people who aren't as smart.

So we should be looking up to stupid people?

In that case I'm adding you to my favorites as "very admirable".


You caught me. I meant to say "aren't as smart as they think they are themselves. " But you're so smart you probably knew they. Right?
 
2014-06-25 08:20:42 PM  
Oh geez. The "mommy bloggers" are gonna lose their minds over this.

/good
 
2014-06-25 08:25:18 PM  

Gyrfalcon: NakedDrummer: Hmm.. Would be interesting to see results of like 3 kid families.

The usual is:
First kid: over protective. Clueless parents doing their best to keep kid safe. Ends Up Economics Major or something.
Second: parents getting the hang of it. Some what moderate.
Third kid: ok these rats are anything but fragile. Go mountain biking and play tackle football in the middle if the street. Good luck with your music major.

Fifth kid (my sister): Just make sure Kennan doesn't eat anything sharp!


With my parents, it was the opposite:

First kid: Yeah, go vdo whatever you want. Quit crying about the soccer injury.
Second kid: Uh...
Me: Oh my god! Get inside! The sun's rays could harm your delicate skin! You have a splinter in your thumb?! To the ER, pronto!

No, I didn't turn out well.
 
2014-06-25 08:26:45 PM  
ITT, the Fark helicopter parent brigade.

I'm writing down all these usernames for cross-referencing in future zero tolerance, special snowflake, war on drugs, and OMG Guns! threads.
 
2014-06-25 08:27:33 PM  

big pig peaches: the_end_is_rear: JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

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What the hell is wrong with you??????
He should be inside playing video games or watching reality TV!!!
Don't you care about pharmaceutical company executives?
They have families to feed to you know. And mansions to pay for.
If this boy keeps being active and healthy he will not need to rely of various medications when he is older.
You and your kind are so selfish.
Always thinking of your own health and well being.

And is that a river he is playing in? OMG, do you know how many germs are in there? And no shirt! What about skin cancer? You monster!


You owe me a keyboard, dagnabit!!!!

/lol!!!!!!
 
2014-06-25 08:37:19 PM  

ikanreed: Dear god, stupid people:

not everything is about "trying to dodge responsibility"

Sometimes, and this is crazy, I know, we like to actually understand what changed in society to allow for the changes we see in individuals.  Tools to help us shape future policy.  It's not "common sense" because it's actually trying to understand aggregate problems rather than engage in reductionist dismissals.


You sound fat.
Like the kids.
In the article.
Fatty.
 
2014-06-25 08:38:19 PM  

freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.


Is that Agustus Gloop?
 
2014-06-25 08:44:20 PM  

JesseL: the_end_is_rear: JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

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What the hell is wrong with you??????
He should be inside playing video games or watching reality TV!!!
Don't you care about pharmaceutical company executives?
They have families to feed to you know. And mansions to pay for.
If this boy keeps being active and healthy he will not need to rely of various medications when he is older.
You and your kind are so selfish.
Always thinking of your own health and well being.


You joke, but I fully expect to sooner or later be called out for having the privilege of being able to send my kid outside to play and engage in healthy exercise.


Its because all the strongest genes keep getting killed in wars. Study it out. And the onez that come back pass their trauma onto their children in the same vein as concentration camp survivors. Study it out.
 
2014-06-25 08:46:46 PM  

ikanreed: Dear god, stupid people:

not everything is about "trying to dodge responsibility"

Sometimes, and this is crazy, I know, we like to actually understand what changed in society to allow for the changes we see in individuals.  Tools to help us shape future policy.  It's not "common sense" because it's actually trying to understand aggregate problems rather than engage in reductionist dismissals.


But how will they feel superior to acceptable targets now?
 
2014-06-25 08:49:08 PM  

Savage Belief: freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

Is that Agustus Gloop?


It is.

When I was a kid my mom ran us out to play of we watched more than four Scooby Doo's or Flintstones type shows in a row. Probably for her own peace of mind. All the other kids got kicked put at the same time. Frisbee! Tag! Kickball! Hide and Seek! Down at the creek finding crawdads or tadpoles...you name it. We didn't have gamer physical inactivity back when I was a kid.

But I have an onion on my belt now, you whippersnappers. And I know how to use it.
 
2014-06-25 08:49:51 PM  
Kicked OUT.
 
2014-06-25 08:50:16 PM  

AngryDragon: ITT, the Fark helicopter parent brigade.

I'm writing down all these usernames for cross-referencing in future zero tolerance, special snowflake, war on drugs, and OMG Guns! threads.


I bet you don't get many crossovers.
 
2014-06-25 08:51:27 PM  

AngryDragon: ITT, the Fark helicopter parent brigade.

I'm writing down all these usernames for cross-referencing in future zero tolerance, special snowflake, war on drugs, and OMG Guns! threads.


You have too much free time.
 
2014-06-25 08:56:55 PM  
Why not also look into why our current foods are causing excess fat and hunger to begin with?
 
2014-06-25 08:57:21 PM  

Gyrfalcon: AngryDragon: ITT, the Fark helicopter parent brigade.

I'm writing down all these usernames for cross-referencing in future zero tolerance, special snowflake, war on drugs, and OMG Guns! threads.

I bet you don't get many crossovers.


I have you farkied in Oz good green for reasons.

Idiots get piss yellow.
 
2014-06-25 09:01:16 PM  
I did pretty good in elementary school when I had to walk three miles each way in Texas weather from melting shoes to frigid rain. I was still fat. Tallest boy in my age bracket, but still fat.

In hindsight, I should have watched cartoons in the mornings and run to school. It's not like my parents were around.
 
2014-06-25 09:09:07 PM  

Son of Thunder: AngryDragon: ITT, the Fark helicopter parent brigade.

I'm writing down all these usernames for cross-referencing in future zero tolerance, special snowflake, war on drugs, and OMG Guns! threads.

You have too much free time.


I may too. Been on fark for seven years, and kept a running list, on paper, of who I'd happily buy a round with. Just started greeningfaving those I enjoy recently. When I am flush, I gift TF, because it seems a cool thing to do, though I don't really use TF privileges. I rarely TF. I guess I just get pissed when interesting content is disallowed to me. Plus, I support entrepreneurs. *shrug*
 
2014-06-25 09:11:21 PM  

wildcardjack: I did pretty good in elementary school when I had to walk three miles each way in Texas weather from melting shoes to frigid rain. I was still fat. Tallest boy in my age bracket, but still fat.

In hindsight, I should have watched cartoons in the mornings and run to school. It's not like my parents were around.


Some people are just just built large. Mastiffs, not Chihuahuas.
 
2014-06-25 09:11:48 PM  

Pichu0102: Why not also look into why our current foods are causing excess fat and hunger to begin with?


git yer gorramn hands off my disco fries!
 
2014-06-25 09:14:19 PM  
okay, a step in the right direction blaming the parents but not for the right thing.  i guess the parents need their self-esteem protected, too.
 
2014-06-25 09:14:38 PM  

regornam: The last 2 neighborhoods I lived in had no sidewalks. Zero. Nada. That's can't be helpful to this situation.


Ummm....grew up in West Texas. No sidewalks there for damn sure. We figured out how to walk anyway.
 
2014-06-25 09:20:55 PM  

freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.


This. People used to be thinner. Now farkers and fat chicks have us convinced that we're just fine because curves or "I just can't lose weight" or whatever. The rest of the world is laughing at us. Mix in a salad you farks.
 
2014-06-25 09:27:35 PM  

JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.


Awwwww! If that lil wader is yours, double awwwwww!
 
2014-06-25 09:33:35 PM  
from autoplay movies?
 
2014-06-25 09:35:24 PM  
It's no different than being an adult.  If you have a sedentary desk job, you'll get fat vs. an active job.  My fitness app on my phone says I burned 650 calories walking today to/at/from work, vs. my old job where I walked 30 feet to work. That's a pound a week; 50 lbs a year difference with no other changes.
 
2014-06-25 09:42:25 PM  
CSB:

I drop my son off to school every day and every morning I see this same obese kid. He's got a bag with him every morning that has a giant Arizona iced tea and a honey bun it, which he eats on the playground before school. The kid is going to have diabetes before he graduates high school.

/CSB
 
2014-06-25 09:47:40 PM  
The other day I managed to leave work early,  which is a very rare occurrence,  and saw children walking home from school.   I thought to myself  it would not be too long until my daughter,  who is 6,  will be able to do that.

Then I thought.

No she will not, unless I quit work.   This is because nobody will be at home when she gets home.

That is probably true for many students.   It is not fear of the walk but it is illegal to leave 8 year olds home alone.  So they go to after care which never seems to include sport.

Secondly,   I went for a walk and I past three play parks with no one in them.     Should I send my daughter out to play by herself.   This is not a one parent issue.  If the children have no one to play with because everyone is inside  I would not deem it safe.   I am like any parent I do worry and although I have allowed her to walk to the neighbours by herself I would not feel good about letting her go for long walks and adventurers by herself.

But I am luckier than some in that she is good friends with her neighbour and they spend a lot of time in the backyard.

But perhaps parents want to allow their children more exercise but the problems and observations I have noted above may be a contributing factor to why they do not.


Perhaps we need to accept the world has changed and mothers,  yes because it was usually mothers,  are no longer at home when the child arrives home.     So maybe we need to also push schools and care institutes to include a lot more exercise and sports as part of the day.
 
2014-06-25 09:49:31 PM  

syrynxx: It's no different than being an adult.  If you have a sedentary desk job, you'll get fat vs. an active job.  My fitness app on my phone says I burned 650 calories walking today to/at/from work, vs. my old job where I walked 30 feet to work. That's a pound a week; 50 lbs a year difference with no other changes.


There are an awful lot of active workers who are fat. It's not just movement, our food supply - fake foods, fast foods, processed foods, soft drinks, etc. - is also part of the problem.
 
2014-06-25 10:06:23 PM  

poodebunker: JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

Awwwww! If that lil wader is yours, double awwwwww!


Thanks :) All mine.

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/he thought the water was a bit chilly
 
2014-06-25 10:11:12 PM  

freetomato: may too. Been on fark for seven years, and kept a running list, on paper, of who I'd happily buy a round with. Just started greeningfaving those I enjoy recently. When I am flush, I gift TF, because it seems a cool thing to do, though I don't really use TF privileges. I rarely TF. I guess I just get pissed when interesting content is disallowed to me. Plus, I support entrepreneurs. *shrug*


Really, you just started? I have the whole rainbow going and sometimes a note. I have so many people colored in I can't even remember what all the colors mean. And the people I remember well, I change their motto every time they say something funnier that what was there.

Sometimes I even take people off ignore, because I can't remember what they said to make me mad, and I'm tolerant like that.
 
2014-06-25 10:19:28 PM  

addy2: big pig peaches: addy2: freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

Of course all the Fark nutrition experts and armchair psychologists will say this is of course true and point to their skinny kids as proof. Any way to pat your sad self on the back and look down on those other people who aren't as smart.

So we should be looking up to stupid people?

In that case I'm adding you to my favorites as "very admirable".

You caught me. I meant to say "aren't as smart as they think they are themselves. " But you're so smart you probably knew they. Right?


Y'all can't be as smrt as I are.
 
2014-06-25 10:24:37 PM  
Children weren't obese until Michele Obama started talking about it. Yeah, that's right... Thanks a lot, Obama
 
2014-06-25 10:27:58 PM  

AngryDragon: ITT, the Fark helicopter parent brigade.

I'm writing down all these usernames for cross-referencing in future zero tolerance, special snowflake, war on drugs, and OMG Guns! threads.


This could be the most pathetic post I've ever read. And I've suffered through a lot, including my own.
 
2014-06-25 10:31:02 PM  
data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

If you need to use longitude and latitude to measure your children they are too large.
 
2014-06-25 10:38:26 PM  

spelletrader: CSB:

I drop my son off to school every day and every morning I see this same obese kid. He's got a bag with him every morning that has a giant Arizona iced tea and a honey bun it, which he eats on the playground before school. The kid is going to have diabetes before he graduates high school.

/CSB


I went to high school with a rather large fellow who brought so much food with him for lunch every day that it would have provided me with more than a week's worth of lunches.  I'm not exaggerating, he had a huge lunch bag type thing, and he sat there and ate all of it.  He was a cool guy but got very defensive about it on the few occasions I saw anyone comment on how much he was eating.  Went over to his house a couple of times to work on projects together and his whole family was like that, just plain huge.  He obviously considered it a normal amount of food.
 
2014-06-25 10:39:09 PM  
If one is too concerned to let their children out free in the neighbourhood or walk to school, it's doubtful they are sending their kids to get the groceries. Parentsmake the choices. They control what when and where their kids eat. And again. Exercise WITH your kids if you are in an unsafe area. Get a dance DVD if it's cold.....
 
2014-06-25 11:01:51 PM  
"This study is brought to you by....Dolly Madison!"
 
2014-06-25 11:02:27 PM  
Ah.. yes, "overprotective" mothers. That's some grade A, pure politically-correct bullshiat right there. Why not just be honest and say what you mean, stupid parents. Let's not pin it all on the mothers. I'm sure there's some moronic dads out there that don't help.
 
2014-06-25 11:11:53 PM  

cryinoutloud: freetomato: may too. Been on fark for seven years, and kept a running list, on paper, of who I'd happily buy a round with. Just started greeningfaving those I enjoy recently. When I am flush, I gift TF, because it seems a cool thing to do, though I don't really use TF privileges. I rarely TF. I guess I just get pissed when interesting content is disallowed to me. Plus, I support entrepreneurs. *shrug*

Really, you just started? I have the whole rainbow going and sometimes a note. I have so many people colored in I can't even remember what all the colors mean. And the people I remember well, I change their motto every time they say something funnier that what was there.

Sometimes I even take people off ignore, because I can't remember what they said to make me mad, and I'm tolerant like that.


You, my fair lady, are more fark-organized than I. I can say you've been a lovely shade of green for a while, since we had a pleasurable exchange way back when. I forget what/ when. "Smart, cool chick".
 
2014-06-25 11:17:58 PM  

miniflea: spelletrader: CSB:

I drop my son off to school every day and every morning I see this same obese kid. He's got a bag with him every morning that has a giant Arizona iced tea and a honey bun it, which he eats on the playground before school. The kid is going to have diabetes before he graduates high school.

/CSB

I went to high school with a rather large fellow who brought so much food with him for lunch every day that it would have provided me with more than a week's worth of lunches.  I'm not exaggerating, he had a huge lunch bag type thing, and he sat there and ate all of it.  He was a cool guy but got very defensive about it on the few occasions I saw anyone comment on how much he was eating.  Went over to his house a couple of times to work on projects together and his whole family was like that, just plain huge.  He obviously considered it a normal amount of food.


Hey I'm all for eating a lot of food, real food. Not pouring tons of sugar down your throat all day long. That kid is guzzling 100 grams of sugar, equivalent of two and a half cans of coke, in ten minutes on the playground before school.

I shudder to think what the rest of his diet is like.
 
2014-06-25 11:32:56 PM  
The other day, my toddler fell down a short flight of stairs at the bar. Couple of scrapes and bruises, but she was back to her normal self in short order. I think we're gonna be just fine.

/did leave after she fell
//was getting on toward go-time anyway
 
2014-06-25 11:36:05 PM  

spelletrader: miniflea: spelletrader: CSB:

I drop my son off to school every day and every morning I see this same obese kid. He's got a bag with him every morning that has a giant Arizona iced tea and a honey bun it, which he eats on the playground before school. The kid is going to have diabetes before he graduates high school.

/CSB

I went to high school with a rather large fellow who brought so much food with him for lunch every day that it would have provided me with more than a week's worth of lunches.  I'm not exaggerating, he had a huge lunch bag type thing, and he sat there and ate all of it.  He was a cool guy but got very defensive about it on the few occasions I saw anyone comment on how much he was eating.  Went over to his house a couple of times to work on projects together and his whole family was like that, just plain huge.  He obviously considered it a normal amount of food.

Hey I'm all for eating a lot of food, real food. Not pouring tons of sugar down your throat all day long. That kid is guzzling 100 grams of sugar, equivalent of two and a half cans of coke, in ten minutes on the playground before school.

I shudder to think what the rest of his diet is like.


Most of what this guy had was processed snack crap.  That kid you describe just makes me sad, all the more so because he doesn't know what he's doing to himself and his idiot parent(s) probably don't think it's hurting him either.
 
2014-06-25 11:38:57 PM  

big pig peaches: addy2: big pig peaches: addy2: freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

Of course all the Fark nutrition experts and armchair psychologists will say this is of course true and point to their skinny kids as proof. Any way to pat your sad self on the back and look down on those other people who aren't as smart.

So we should be looking up to stupid people?

In that case I'm adding you to my favorites as "very admirable".

You caught me. I meant to say "aren't as smart as they think they are themselves. " But you're so smart you probably knew they. Right?

Y'all can't be as smrt as I are.


I are I tells you, I are.
 
2014-06-25 11:44:43 PM  

JesseL: poodebunker: JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

Awwwww! If that lil wader is yours, double awwwwww!

Thanks :) All mine.

[fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net image 850x637]
/he thought the water was a bit chilly


Well yeah, look at how skinny he is! Where's his insulating layer of blubber?

/skinny dad
//skinny kid
 
2014-06-25 11:52:49 PM  

robertus: The other day, my toddler fell down a short flight of stairs at the bar. Couple of scrapes and bruises, but she was back to her normal self in short order. I think we're gonna be just fine.

/did leave after she fell
//was getting on toward go-time anyway


Well, I hope she wasn't driving.
 
2014-06-25 11:57:19 PM  
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Remember, nobody is going to kidnap your fat kids. Fat is the ultimate protection.
 
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